Armstrong Flooring Purchases Mannington VCT Business

Change is a great opportunity for growth.

Recently, Mannington Mills signed an agreement to sell its vinyl composition tile, also known as VCT, business to Armstrong Flooring. The companies expect the transaction to close to in the second quarter of 2017. In addition, Armstrong purchased the VCT division of Mannington for $36 million.

Mannington Mills decided to sell the vinyl composition tile business to help with the company’s long-term growth strategy. In addition, Armstrong intends to use the existing VCT plant to accommodate the company’s increase in VCT production.

Armstrong Flooring has many beautiful, durable, and high-performance vinyl composition tiles to choose from, and if you are interested to see what is available please click here.

Here are just a few of the beautiful Armstrong VCT flooring options:

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Four Ways to Save a Ton of Money when Shopping for Flooring

We all try to save a buck here or there.

But when it comes to flooring- it seems like most everywhere you go, there are hidden fees and mark-ups galore that keep stretching your budget.

Well, as always, we’re here to help. Here are four awesome ways that you can save money when shopping online or in-store for flooring!

Check out the ‘Little Guys’

You may be surprised at just how marked up the big guys are. Here’s the thing- buying flooring is no different than buying groceries from the supermarket. The way I see it, you have two choices:

You could go to a more conveniently located ‘Big Guy’, maybe get a small discount and have to begrudgingly choose from an overwhelming amount of inventory without even seeing a store associate until you get to the register.

Or-

Go to a smaller grocer where you’ll find incredible promotions and sales and wonderful, friendly staff that just want to make sure you have a great experience *Plus- Freshly baked bagels!*.

Chances are, when you realize you’re out of sugar just as you’ve cracked the last egg for that birthday cake you’re making- you head straight for the Big Guys while still in your pajamas because they’re open at 11:52pm on a Sunday. But when you are planning out your weekly shopping list, you probably compare prices and sale fliers from several smaller grocers to make sure you get the best price.

When you buy flooring from the ‘little guys’ like Carpet Express– you get the little guy experience. Amazing customer service, willingness to help, personalized sales, and incredible, unbeatable prices.

Give them a call!

What happens when you take a break from  clicking through those thumbnails of carpet and call that phone number at the top of the screen?

You get to talk to some pretty awesome people. You’ll also probably save a pretty penny. Speaking with someone will give you some great insight into the world of flooring.

There’s a lot of flooring options out there. Let them help you navigate through the dismal caverns of shag, out of the cracked, stained, and unstuck peel-and-sticks, and into the light- gleaming hallways of oak and maple.

By talking to someone, you’ll also have a much better idea of what your specific project will cost you, and they may even have some incredible deals that no other retailer can touch. You just have to ask!

 

 Do It Yourself

DIY! DIY! There’s a reason why the DIY movement has gained such momentum over the past few years. The average homeowner is loving learning how to install fixtures, paint, and do whole house remodels. Yes it is a lot of hard work, but the pay off is worth it. Luckily, there are tons of resources out there and just know that you’re not alone in your endeavors. One website estimated that carpet installation and materials would be approximately 37% higher if you chose to have it installed rather than doing it yourself.* Let me reiterate. You may pay thirty seven percent more money to have someone else do it for you. And just as a head’s up, that ‘Free Installation’ that the big guys offered.. it’s not free. Not by a long shot. You’re paying for it whether you know it or not through mark-ups or special fees tacked on.

DIY not for you? It’s ok. Check out Home Advisor, Yelp and other websites that are dedicated to giving you non-biased reviews on handymen and companies in your area. You’ll find the help you need and you’re also helping to support local business- yay you!

Look for retailer brands

Let’s go back to that Supermarket comparison. When you go to the store, you may purchase the so-called “generic brands” to save a few cents here or there. But those cents add up and pretty soon, you’re living the store-brand life, and swimming in those extra coins, Scrooge McDuck Style.

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*Carpet Express does not condone diving head first into a cartoon pile of gold coins*

Take for example, The Showcase Collection available exclusively from Carpet Express. Same green certifications as the other brands, same amazing quality fibers, same color schemes. For some inspiration, check out some of the images below..

 

Let us know if these tips helped you in your quest for the perfect floor for less!

 

Click here to check out the Carpet Express Showcase Collection!

Whenever you’re ready, give us a call. We’re here to help. We are Carpet Express.

*Estimated DIY costs- http://www.diyornot.com/Project.aspx?ndx2=8&Rcd=22
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Engineered Floors Continues to Grow!

 

Engineered Floors has finally broken ground on the company’s new carpet tile manufacturing plant in Whitfield Country, Georgia. The company expects the new carpet tile manufacturing plant to open in 2018. In addition, the facility will be about 520,000 square feet.

Building on a Legacy

Engineered Floors has created many beautiful, durable, and affordable carpets for customers since they opened in 2008. Now the company continues to expand to create carpet tile options for customers as well.

Carpet Express has a large selection of carpet from Engineered floors. To view the carpet options, please click here.

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Mohawk’s Light Lab: A Guiding Force in Greener Carpet

You may already know that our hometown of Dalton, GA is often referred to as the “Carpet Capital of the world.”

What you may not know is the incredible leaps and bounds the carpet manufacturers like Mohawk and Shaw have made in recent years to limit their carbon footprint and seek sustainability. As such, flooring manufacturers are now working towards and achieving certifications from the International Living Future Institute’s Petal Challenge and Mohawk was the first to achieve it! Mohawk Carpet, a leading carpet and flooring manufacturer  (and basically our neighbor) has been at the forefront of the sustainability movement. Located just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Dalton city center, Mohawk calls this their “Beacon of Sustainability.”

Tell us more!

The Light Lab is a 33,000 square foot mid-century modern building located in the hills of Dalton, GA. Continue reading

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What is Polyurethane Carpet Padding?

 

Prime Cushion – St. Jude Courage Pad

 

Polyurethane foam is the most common form of carpet pad that the flooring industry uses for residential applications. Polyurethane foam padding consists of three types: prime cushion, bonded foam, and frothed foam.

#1 – PRIME CUSHION

Prime cushion is made of non-recycled materials, also known as virgin materials. This type of pad ranges from very low density to high density. Prime foam is denser than the foam used in upholstery cushion.

 

Bonded Foam – 7/16 8lb Rebond Pad

#2 – BONDED FOAM

Bonded foam also goes by the name rebond. Bonded polyurethane foam pad is made from scraps of various foams. The multi-color appearance makes bonded foam easy to distinguish from other pads. Bonded foam or rebond is the most common type of carpet padding used for residential applications.

 

 

Frothed Foam – Air Plush

#3 – FROTHED FOAM

Frothed foam is quite dense because the air is pressed out of the foam when the pad is made. Frothed foam, such as visco-elastic foam, is made by keeping a weight on the foam so it is made into one density level instead of letting the foam expand and then be cut into different densities.

 

 

What is the right polyurethane carpet pad for my home?

The main thing to remember when buying carpet pad is comfort and performance. If you are installing berber carpet in your home, then you will need a thinner and denser carpet pad. If you are installing frieze or trackless carpet, then you can use a polyurethane carpet pad that is heavier in weight and has more cushion. Also, there are some polyurethane carpet pads with a moisture barrier, which is perfect for homes with children and pets.

Click here to see our selection of prime cushion carpet padding.

Click here to see our selection of rebond (bonded foam) carpet padding.

To view our selection of frothed foam carpet padding, click here.

To view all of our polyurethane foam carpet padding, click here.

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Mannington: Sustainability in Action

Carpet Express is proud to offer flooring manufacturers like Shaw, Mohawk, Armstrong, and Mannington, all of whom have made outstanding commitments to sustainability. Mannington is a fourth-generation, family-owned company that believes in doing the right thing. When it comes to the environment, they believe that their actions speak louder than words. Below, you’ll see a few of the initiatives that Mannington has developed to promote ecological well-being and ensure they are at the forefront of responsible manufacturing.

Save the Honey Bees!!

We all KNOW how important honey bees are to everything in our day to day lives.  In 2009, Mannington began introducing bee colonies at their manufacturing plant in New Jersey. Since then, they have expanded the initiative to include another colony location at their Florida plant. Read more about their honey bee initiative here

Solar POWER

Harnessing the power of the sun! Mannington’s New Jersey facility is home to over 3,900 solar panels on 3.3 acres. This is one of the largest arrays of solar power in the flooring industry, and that’s just impressive. Check out more about their solar initiative here

Better Plants Partner

Along with Armstrong, Mohawk and Shaw Industries, Mannington is committed to reducing the energy intensity of their operations by 25% in 10 years through a program started by the US Department of Energy. As of today, they have achieved 18% energy improvement from baseline consumption. At this point, they are on target to reach their goals! To read more about the Better Plants partner initiative, check out energy.gov and here

Pesticides vs. Purple Martins

Now this is seriously incredible. No need for pesticides here! Using a migrating bird species to control pests, while ensuring the longevity of the species by providing a safe spot during migration. Seriously. Just smart stuff. Read more about the project here

Reuse (Dry Wall)

Mannington is proud to offer several types and styles of flooring that promote the reduce/reuse/recycle credo. One in particular is absolutely fascinating. Think about the amount of drywall that comes from renovation projects, new home construction, old home deconstruction and literally any place that has walls or used to have walls. That is SO MUCH potential waste filling up our landfills. Well, Mannington decided they wanted to help reduce that drywall-to-earth ratio by taking that would be trash and turning it into sustainable flooring. Products like the BioSpec RE resilient commercial flooring is made up by 20% post-consumer carpet as well as 15% post-consumer content. Click here to check out the BioSpec RE commercial flooring. Check out the video below from Mannington describing the idea and process behind this initiative!

Mannington has one of the largest portfolio of products with recycled content. What does this all mean for you and your next design project or remodel? Glad you asked- Carpet Express offers incredible deals on Mannington hardwood, laminate, and vinyl. We’re also just here to help if you need some info! Give us a call or stop by the showroom to check out some of Mannington’s products up-close and personal!

Mannington Keystone Oak in Bronze.

 

 

 

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Mohawk 2016 Sustainability Report

Recently Mohawk Industries released the 2016 Sustainability Report. In 2016, process improvements, equipment upgrades, and product re-engineering made a positive impact on Mohawk’s productivity by $140 million. Mohawk’s corporate responsibility and sustainability also had a big positive impact.

Here are some of the company’s progress:

  • The company recycled 7.1 billion pounds of waste.
  • Mohawk reduced its use of water by 277 million gallons since 2015.
  • Mohawk recycled 4 billion plastic bottles.
  • The company recycled 25 million pounds of tires into doormats.
  • Since 2010, the company has reduced its greenhouse gas intensity by 12.8%, its energy intensity by 1.9%, and its water intensity by 35%.

Mohawk continues to invent ways to decrease the environmental footprints of the company’s products and operations. Mohawk’s sustainability report details how the company uses an environmentally friendly approach to cooling water at the vinyl flooring plant in Belgium. The Glasgow, Virginia carpet tile plant is dealing with the global pollinator crisis. Also ceramic tile plants in Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas have a mobile material recycler that can process up to 30 tons of scrap material per hour.

Here are a few of Mohawk’s innovative sustainable solutions when manufacturing products:

  • SmartStrand carpets are made with renewably sourced polymers, which mean they require less energy to manufacture.
  • Mohawk is a large recycler of PET soda and water bottles in the United States, and billions of plastic bottles end up in Mohawk’s EverStrand carpets. The recycling of plastic bottles minimizes the need for fossil fuels and it helps reduce plastic in landfills.
  • Every year, Mohawk’s IVC vinyl manufacturing group reclaims up to 20,000 tons of PVC materials, which would have been taken to a landfill. Mohawk’s IVC group takes the PVC materials and transforms them into material for the backing of Moduleo luxury vinyl tile flooring.

Mohawk continues to strive to create products that contribute to healthy, productive, and inspirational homes and businesses. Carpet Express looks forward to what Mohawk will do in 2017!

Click here to see Mohawk’s 2016 Sustainability Report.

Click here to see Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet.

Click here to see Mohawk EverStrand Carpet.

Click here to see all of our Mohawk carpet.

Click here to see Mohawk IVC vinyl flooring.

Click here to see Mohawk IVC Moduleo luxury vinyl tile.

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Vinyl Tile VS. Luxury Vinyl Tile

Vinyl Tile

Vinyl tile and luxury vinyl tile may sound like the same thing, but they are actually different types of flooring. Vinyl tile and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) can both be installed in utility areas, kitchens, mudrooms, bathrooms, and playrooms. The two flooring types need to be installed on flat, level surfaces. They are not recommend for stairs. Vinyl tile is cheaper than LVT, but it also has a lower overall performance durability level than LVT.

Vinyl tile flooring consists of 4 primary layers. Vinyl tile has a urethane wear layer, a protective clear film, a printed design layer, and a structural vinyl backing layer. LVT has a urethane wear layer, a protective clear film, an EIR printed design layer, and a tile backing. EIR stands for Embossed-in-Register, which means that the look and feel of the luxury vinyl tile matches the grain and pattern of the real stone, tile, or wood.

 

 

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Vinyl tile flooring is available in 12″ x 12″ size tiles with a low, medium, or high gloss. LVT flooring is available in 12″ x 12″ or 16″ x 16″. Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) is available in 4 1/2″ or 6″ wide planks with lengths that vary anywhere from 36″ to 48″. LVT looks more like hardwood or tile in terms of the size of planks than vinyl tile does. It is available in a low gloss or a matte gloss.

Vinyl tile flooring generally has a warranty of 5 years to 25 years. LVT usually has a warranty of 10 years to a lifetime residential use warranty.

Installation for vinyl tile and LVT varies. Vinyl tile flooring can be installed with adhesive tabs, spray adhesive, or some tiles are peel ‘n stick. However, LVT usually have a click lock system or it can be installed with pressure sensitive adhesive strips. Also some manufacturers create LVT that can be grouted.

Click here to see our collection of vinyl tile flooring.

Click here to see our collection of luxury vinyl tile flooring.

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Mullican Hardwood Flooring to Expand Manufacturing in America

Recently Mullican Flooring announced that it will be bringing full production of all sawn engineered products to the United States in the early summer of this year. According to the company, the first product that will be part of the transition to the U.S. production facility will be the EuroSawn White Oak. The EuroSawn White Oak will have 7 inch wide planks, and it will be available in 6 colors. More products will eventually be transitioned to the U.S. facility as well later this year.

Click here to see our collection of Mullican hardwood flooring.

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Beaulieu Supports MLB Atlanta Braves with Red Carpet Runway

Recently, Beaulieu provided a red carpet runway for the MLB Atlanta Braves at the inauguration game on April 14. The carpet was 220 feet long by 12 feet wide. April 14th marked the grand opening of SunTrust Park, which is the new home for the Atlanta Braves in Cumberland, Georgia. .

Click here to see our collection of Beaulieu carpet.

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